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Lifetime Passes de Terry Blas
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Lifetime Passes (2021 original; edició 2021)

de Terry Blas (Autor), Claudia Aguirre (Il·lustrador)

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Sixteen-year-old Jackie Chavez loves her local amusement park, Kingdom Adventure, maybe more than anything else in the world. The park is all she and her friends Nikki, Daniel, and Berke-although they aren't always the greatest friends-talk about. Kingdom Adventure is where all Jackie's best memories are, and it's where she feels safe and happy. This carries even more weight now that Jackie's parents have been deported and forced to go back to Mexico, leaving Jackie in the United States with her Tía Gina, who she works with at the Valley Care Living seniors' home. When Gina tells Jackie that they can't afford a season pass for next summer, Jackie is crushed. But on her next trip to Kingdom Adventure, she discovers a strictly protectedsecret: If a member of their party dies at the park, the rest of their group gets free lifetime passes. Jackie and her friends hatch a plot to bring seniors from Valley Care Living to the park using a fake volunteer program, with the hopes that one of the residents will croak during their visit. The ruse quickly gets its first volunteer-a feisty resident named Phyllis. What starts off as a macabre plan turns into a revelation for Jackie as Phyllis and the other seniors reveal their own complex histories and connections to Kingdom Adventure, as well as some tough-to-swallow truths about Jackie, her friends, and their future. With artist Claudia Aguirre, Terry Blas has crafted a graphic novel that is dark and deeply moving. This book is Cocoon meets Heathers-a twisted satire about a magical land and the people who love it, even to the point of obsession. Jackie's summer is about to turn into a wild ride filled with gallows humor, friendship, and fun-or is it?… (més)
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There's a dark high concept pitch for this book wherein teens cynically take senior citizens to a theme park hoping one will die so the park management will give them lifetime passes to smooth things over. But really it's a slice of life book about being true to yourself and making meaningful friendships instead of shallow ones of convenience. DACA, LGBTQ+ themes, adoption, and grief are also touched upon.

Thanks to the Big Lie at the center -- I hate that trope! -- it's not perfect, but there are nice characters who actually grow as people. Thumbs up! ( )
  villemezbrown | May 30, 2022 |
I have mixed feelings about this one -- I think the premise is interesting, but part of it requires that the characters be kind of shallow and mean, which is a turn-off for me. I did love the fact that the elderly residents were just as cranky, which is pretty true-to-life in my experience. Anyway, it was a decent story, with decent art. I liked the themes of othering that several of the characters deal with, and I liked the over all message that connecting with other human beings in a real way is important. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 25, 2022 |
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  DestDest | Apr 21, 2022 |
Slated for publication October 2021.

Lifetime Passes, created by Claudia Aguirre and Terry Blas is going to be a really strong fall release. I was impressed with the Advance Copy which was in black and white and (for piracy protection reasons) a lower grainier resolution, I am sure the full color release will POP and astound readers.

‘Lifetime Passes’ caught my attention with the publisher description and cover art.

The graphic novel starts off slow but doesnt stay there. The main cast is a band of friends that appear to be a mixed bag that do not belong together. Their only tie seems to be their various obsessions with an alt reality disneyland built on the story of a princess who saves herself. For their unique reasons, the 4 friends scheme to gain permanent access to their favorite amusement park.

There is a rumour that a death on the property of Kingdom Adventure converts to hush passes (good for life) for the entire group. For protagonist Jackie Chavez, senior citizens from her aunt’s nursing home seem like a solid element in their equation. None of them expect a feisty old woman who has her own motives for playing along. The arc of Jackie and Phyllis jumpstarts and accelerates the novel from zero to heartwrenching pretty quickly.

Focuses on themes of isolation vs community, race, family, tradition and love.. I really respect the craft put into the making of this book and cannot wait to read critical reviews and discuss with friends this fall.

Much love for what might be Jackie’s favorite t-shirt sporting a Metallica font that reads ‘Mexicana’.. Also.. I want a churro sword ( )
  Toast.x2 | Sep 23, 2021 |
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Sixteen-year-old Jackie Chavez loves her local amusement park, Kingdom Adventure, maybe more than anything else in the world. The park is all she and her friends Nikki, Daniel, and Berke-although they aren't always the greatest friends-talk about. Kingdom Adventure is where all Jackie's best memories are, and it's where she feels safe and happy. This carries even more weight now that Jackie's parents have been deported and forced to go back to Mexico, leaving Jackie in the United States with her Tía Gina, who she works with at the Valley Care Living seniors' home. When Gina tells Jackie that they can't afford a season pass for next summer, Jackie is crushed. But on her next trip to Kingdom Adventure, she discovers a strictly protectedsecret: If a member of their party dies at the park, the rest of their group gets free lifetime passes. Jackie and her friends hatch a plot to bring seniors from Valley Care Living to the park using a fake volunteer program, with the hopes that one of the residents will croak during their visit. The ruse quickly gets its first volunteer-a feisty resident named Phyllis. What starts off as a macabre plan turns into a revelation for Jackie as Phyllis and the other seniors reveal their own complex histories and connections to Kingdom Adventure, as well as some tough-to-swallow truths about Jackie, her friends, and their future. With artist Claudia Aguirre, Terry Blas has crafted a graphic novel that is dark and deeply moving. This book is Cocoon meets Heathers-a twisted satire about a magical land and the people who love it, even to the point of obsession. Jackie's summer is about to turn into a wild ride filled with gallows humor, friendship, and fun-or is it?

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